Center and crop image with pure CSS

It’s simple. Set your image crop dimensions and use this line in your CSS:

img { object-fit: cover; }

That’s it. No need for unsemantic, wrapping divs or any other nonsense.

This technique works great for cropping awkwardly-sized pictures down to squares or circles. Take this wide photo below for example. Once object-fit: cover is applied to the image and a width and height are set, the photo crops and centers itself.

height: 400px;
display: block;
width: 100%;
object-fit: cover;


Center and crop images with CSS: image-before

After object-fit:

Center and crop images with CSS: image-after

object-fit: cover crops the exact same way background-size: cover does, but is used for styling imgs, videos and other media tags rather than background images.

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